Coolsculpting Overview

If you’ve been trying to lose fat and contour your body through diet and exercise without success, CoolSculpting may be the solution you’ve been waiting for. This treatment is not only one of the most popular body contouring procedures in our San Diego practice, but it’s also one of the most popular in the country. Why? Because it has been proven to work without incisions, anesthesia, or downtime!

What is CoolSculpting?

You probably wouldn’t guess that popsicles led to the development of CoolSculpting, but that is indeed what started the nonsurgical body contouring trend. Doctors were familiar with a phenomenon called “popsicle panniculitis,” in which the cheeks of children would lose fat when they were sucking on a popsicle. After a little experimentation, doctors discovered that fat was much more sensitive to cold than other body tissues, leading to the creation of “cryolipolysis,” the technology behind CoolSculpting.

CoolSculpting by ZELTIQ is an FDA-approved non-surgical body sculpting treatment that uses cryolipolysis (precisely controlled cooling) to eliminate stubborn fat bulges and sculpt various areas of the body. During a CoolSculpting procedure, fat cells in the targeted area are frozen and destroyed without harming adjacent tissue or injuring the skin. Your body’s natural mechanisms then gradually and safely flush out the unwanted fat deposits, leaving behind firmer skin and a more contoured shape.

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Why Choose CLDerm for Your CoolSculpting Treatment?

You’ve probably seen CoolSculpting advertised elsewhere, but there’s a big difference between having CoolSculpting performed at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego and scheduling your procedure at other offices. Not only do our experts have extensive experience using this device, but our Physician Assistant, Leysin is 1 of 2 Master Coolsculpting Specialists in San Diego.

Additionally, we perform DualSculpting, a treatment that uses two machines to treat two areas at once, which allows us to complete your treatment twice as fast. We also have all of the latest applicators and technology available, and we combine every procedure with acoustic wave therapy to ensure our patients get the best possible results.

The Benefits of Zimmer Z Wave

Zimmer Z Wave features acoustic wave therapy that sends sound waves into the skin to smooth and tighten the treatment areas. Our physicians offer this procedure in place of a manual massage following your CoolSculpting procedure. The benefits of using Z-Wave in place of a manual massage include:

  • Less bruising
  • Less discomfort
  • Enhanced results by up to 50%

Z Wave after your CoolSculpting treatment can help you get the aesthetic results you’ve been looking for at no additional cost.

At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, our body contouring experts offer over 100 years of combined dermatology experience with more than 100,000 patients treated. We have the experience and expertise in the latest CoolSculpting technology to help you reach your aesthetic goals and achieve the optimal results that will get noticed.

Benefits of CoolSculpting

Before and after side image of CoolSculpting treatment on a female's abdomen performed by Dr. Wu at our San Diego medi spa

CoolSculpting’s “freeze the fat” technique is effective for men and women for many areas of the body where you want to melt fat. As the saying goes, “if you can squeeze it, we can freeze it!” Common treatment areas include:

  • Flanks
  • Love handles
  • Belly
  • Muffin top
  • Double chin
  • Under arms
  • Stubborn back fat
  • Above the knee
  • Outer and inner thighs
  • Male breasts (gynecomastia)
  • Underneath the buttocks

100% Non-Surgical Body Contouring

One major benefit of CoolSculpting is that your results will develop gradually and look completely natural. No one has to know you had a body contouring procedure unless you choose to tell them! Also, Allergan’s Brilliant Distinctions members will receive points from this procedure.

Other benefits of this non-surgical body sculpting procedure include:

  • Non-invasive
  • Minimal to no downtime
  • Quick procedure (depending on the number of areas to be treated, you can schedule treatment over your lunch hour)
  • Safe and nearly painless
  • Noticeable results in as few as 3 weeks
  • Optimal results within 2-4 months

You can also choose to have CoolSculpting combined with other procedures for a full-body rejuvenation – an innovative approach we call Cool³. Additional treatments might include:

CoolSculpting allows you to experience effective fat reduction without surgery, anesthesia, or downtime. And because our body sculpting specialists perform the treatment themselves, you know you’re getting the best treatment and results possible.

Other CoolSculpting Options

DualSculpting

Cosmetic Laser Dermatology is one of the only practices in San Diego to offer DualSculpting! With DualSculpting, you can benefit from two CoolSculpting devices treating two areas at the same time.

DualSculpting allows fat to be frozen in half the time, making this innovative treatment even more convenient. It’s ideal for busy patients who want more than one area of stubborn fat to be treated, yet who can’t afford the time necessary for multiple sessions.

CoolAdvantage

The CoolSculpting CoolAdvantage applicator makes body sculpting treatments faster and easier than ever before. ZELTIQ’s CoolAdvantage applicator allows the team at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology to provide body sculpting in about half an hour, half the time of a traditional CoolSculpting session.

The CoolAdvantage secret? It uses an even lower temperature than traditional CoolSculpting, resulting in faster, yet still effective, body sculpting treatments. In addition, the enhanced cup design can provide increased comfort during the procedure.

CoolAdvantage’s enhanced cup design is equipped with three interchangeable contours. These contours optimize your body sculpting by focusing on unique areas of body fat:

  • CoolFit Advantage uniquely fits fat on the inner thigh
  • CoolCore Advantage aligns with the contours of the abdomen
  • CoolCurve+ Advantage fits the flanks

At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, non-invasive fat reduction treatment has never been easier.

Cost of CoolSculpting

Financing options for CoolSculpting are available with low monthly payments of $333 for 12 months with 0%. *Must be approved by the financing company.

Schedule a CoolSculpting Procedure in San Diego, CA

Our doctors are currently accepting new patients and will be happy to meet with you to discuss whether CoolSculpting is the right body contouring treatment for you.

What to Expect

Treatment

Our knowledgeable, compassionate physicians and Physician Assistant listen to your concerns and aesthetic goals from the moment you meet them. Once you and your doctor agree on the area or areas to be treated, the CoolSculpting procedure is straightforward and easy.

For example, if your goal is to reduce love handles, our body sculpting specialists will position the system on your side, and then draw the fat up between two cooling panels. You may feel a firm tug and pull, which indicates the tissue is drawn into the machine to ensure it is frozen most efficiently and you’ll soon see the results you desire.

During the first few minutes, you’ll feel a sensation of intense cold. This is the fat being frozen, which soon dissipates. However, since you’ll be seated or lying down, you’ll be comfortable. You can choose to read, listen to music, work on your laptop or tablet, or even take a nap!

Read our pre/post treatment guidelines for CoolSculpting.

Recovery

The following symptoms are common after your CoolSculpting procedure and may persist for 1-2 weeks. They are temporary, typically mild, and might include:

  • Firmness or stiffness
  • Redness and itching
  • Bruising and swelling
  • Tingling or stinging sensations
  • Numbness
  • Whitening of the skin
  • Tenderness
  • Cramping or muscle spasms

Results

In the months following your body contouring procedure, your body will naturally flush out the dead fat cells. You will see the treatment area become more contoured as the cells are eliminated. Clinical studies have shown a reduction of up to 25%, giving you a slimmer appearance over time. Some patients opt for a second CoolSculpting treatment to achieve even more dramatic results.

An important reminder: CoolSculpting should not be your main method of fat loss. It is intended to be a supplement to your normal routine. If you are significantly overweight, CoolSculpting may not deliver the results you want.

Treatment Guidelines

During your procedure:

  • You will either sit or lie down during your procedure.
  • Vacuum pressure draws tissue into the applicator cup causing sensations of intense
    pulling, tugging and/or pinching.
  • These sensations will be followed by a sensation of intense cold.
  • As the cold is applied, the area becomes numb (typically within 5-10 minutes) causing sensations of tingling, stinging, aching and/or cramping.
  • These sensations typically subside within a few minutes after starting the procedure.
  • You will be able to use your phone, laptop, tablet etc. during the procedure and there a TV is also available.

After your procedure:

The following symptoms are common and may persist up to several weeks after
your procedure. Symptom intensity varies from patient to patient but side effects are expected to subside over time with no lasting complications. Side effects of CoolSculpting include:

  • Temporary firmness or stiffness
  • Redness, bruising, swelling, and numbness
  • Temporary blanching (whitening of the skin)
  • Tenderness, cramping or muscle spasms, and aching
  • Itching, skin sensitivity, tingling, stinging, and numbness
  • Moderate to severe discomfort

All of these symptoms are temporary and are expected to subside naturally over
time. However, if your symptoms worsen over time, please contact our office at
(858)657-1002.

CoolSculpting vs Liposuction

The most noticeable difference between CoolSculpting and Liposuction is that CoolSculpting is a 100% non-surgical procedure. CoolSculpting is designed for people who are already relatively content with the shape of their body and simply want to eliminate the last bits of stubborn fat. While CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure that has little to no downtime, Liposuction is a surgical procedure that is usually accompanied with bruising and soreness for a short period of time after the procedure. However, liposuction is designed for the removal of larger and more significant fat deposits in order to more dramatically reshape the body. Additionally, liposuction is usually performed on the arms, legs, or neck.

Photos

CoolMini to treat submental fat under the chin by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. CoolMini to treat submental fat under the chin by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C
CoolMini to treat submental fat under the chin by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. CoolMini to treat submental fat under the chin by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C
CoolSculpting to reduce abdominal fat and trim the midsection of a female patient by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. CoolSculpting to Remove Abdominal Fat by Dr. Groff
CoolSculpting to reduce abdominal fat and trim the midsection of a female patient by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. CoolSculpting to Remove Abdominal Fat by Dr. Groff
CoolSculpting to reduce abdominal fat and trim the midsection of a female patient by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. CoolSculpting to Remove Abdominal Fat by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after CoolSculpting to the abdomen by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after CoolSculpting to trim the midsection by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C
Actual un-retouched patient before and after CoolSculpting to the abdomen by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after CoolSculpting to reduce the midsection by Leysin Fletcher PA-C
Actual un-retouched patient before and after CoolSculpting to the abdomen by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after CoolSculpting of the midsection by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C
Actual un-retouched patient before and after CoolSculpting to the abdomen by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after CoolSculpting for abdominal sculpting by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C
Actual unretouched patient before and after CoolSculpting for abdominal reduction by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Coolsculpting for abdominal reduction by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after CoolSculpting to the thighs by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and After CoolSculpting to the thighs by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C
Actual un-retouched patient before and after CoolSculpting to the abdomen by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after CoolSculpting to the abdomen by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C
Actual un-retouched patient before and after CoolSculpting to the abdomen by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after CoolSculpting of the abdomen by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C
Actual un-retouched patient before and after CoolSculpting to reduce the abdomen by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and After CoolSculpting of the abdomen by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C
Actual un-retouched patient before and after CoolSculpting to the abdomen by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after CoolSculpting of the abdomen by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C
Actual un-retouched patient before and after CoolSculpting to the abdomen by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and After CoolSculpting to the abdomen by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C
Actual un-retouched patient before and after of CoolSculpting treatment to sculpt buttocks, flanks and thighs by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after CoolSculpting to buttocks, flanks and thighs by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Coolsculpting treatment to reduce abdomen with Leysin Fletcher, PA-C. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Coolsculpting to the abdomen by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Coolsculpting treatment to the abdomen by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed Before and after Coolsculpting to sculpt the abdomen by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Coolsculpting treatment for thighs by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Coolsculpting to contour the thighs by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Coolsculpting treatment to reduce abdominal fat by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Coolsculpting treatment to reduce abdominal fat by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Coolsculpting for abdominal reduction and sculpting by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Coolsculpting for abdominal reduction and sculpting by Dr. Fabi
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Coolsculpting to reduce abdominal fat by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Coolsculpting to reduce abdominal fat by Dr. Wu
Actual un-touched patient before and after Coolsculpting to reduce fat on the lower back by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after CoolSculpting to reduce fat on the lower back by Leysin Fletcher, PA-C
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Coolsculpting to contour the upper arms by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after CoolSculpting to contour the upper arms by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Coolsculpting to reduce abdominal fat by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Coolsculpting to reduce abdominal fat by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Coolsculpting to reduce fat in the lower back and flanks by Dr. Fabi. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Coolsculpting to reduce fat in the lower back and flanks by Dr. Fabi

Videos

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CoolSculpting by Dr. Boen (0:43)

FAQs

Q: Does CoolSculpting both contour and tighten skin? I’m interested in CoolSculpting for back fat (bra bulge).

A: CoolSculpting is very effective for bra bulge; there is no loose skin after treatment. Treatment typically reduces the treated area 20-30%, enough that your skin is tighter and firmer, and you have a more contoured look.

Q: How soon can I return to normal activities after the procedure?

A: Since Coolsculpting is a completely non-invasive procedure, you can immediately return to your normal schedule. You may experience redness, minor bruising, tingling, and/or numbness in the treated area(s), but it should only be temporary and not prevent you from doing what you want. Post-treatment discomfort can be managed effectively with over-the-counter pain medications.

Q: When will I see results?

A: You can start to see results in as few as 3 weeks after your CoolSculpting procedure. Between months 3-4, you’ll see and feel the most dramatic results as the body continues flushing the fat cells.

Q: How many sessions will I need?

A: The number of required treatment sessions at our San Diego office depends on your aesthetics goals and whether or not you choose to undergo the DualSculpting procedure. Typically, 1-2 treatment sessions are enough, but you’ll know for sure once you consult with one of our specialists.

Q: How long will my results last?

A: Because the targeted fat is destroyed and flushed from your body, CoolSculpting results can last indefinitely, provided that you eat healthy and exercise regularly.

Q: Does CoolSculpting Hurt?

A: CoolSculpting is usually associated with minimal discomfort during the procedure, and very rarely do patients mention excessive pain. Before starting, the CoolSculpting specialist will apply a layer of a clear pad between the target area and the device. This will minimize the cold sensation while still being highly effective. During the procedure, the patient will feel some mild sensations of suction, tugging, pulling, or pinching, along with a cooling sensation. However, these sensations usually subside as the treatment goes on.

Other Options

At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, we offer a range of non-surgical fat reduction treatments and body contouring devices to suit your unique needs, including CoolTone, tumescent liposculpture, ThermiRF/ThermiTight(™), and more.

To learn more about your body shaping options, schedule a consultation with our San Diego doctors to determine which treatment is best for you!

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